Jinder Mahal’s historic visit to India as the WWE Champion.
NEW DELHI: At WWE Backlash in May earlier this year, Jinder Mahal won the WWE Championship defeating Randy Orton thus becoming only the second Indian-origin wrestler to hold a title in the WWE.
Mahal had made the most of the second chance he got with the WWE and he has not looked back ever since. His recent win at WWE Hell in a Cell against Shinsuke Nakamura – his fourth title defence, leaves him with no other obstacle in his way before his visit to India this coming weekend (13 Oct -15 Oct).
And he is returning to India not just as a WWE wrestler, but as the WWE Champion and the first Indian to return home with the WWE championship belt. The Great Khali, who held the World Heavyweight Championship for 61 days, never came to India when he held the title.
While it came as a shock for many wrestling fans to see Mahal win at Backlash, his repeated success at WWE Money in the Bank and WWE Battleground affirmed Mahal’s credentials among the wrestling fans.
Mahal’s stocks continued to rise as he defeated the 13-time World Champion Randy Orton at Money in the Bank in Orton’s hometown of St Louis, Missouri and then at Battleground in a Punjabi Prison match with the help of The Great Khali.
With wins over Nakamura at WWE Summerslam and Hell in a Cell and flanked by the Singh brothers – Sunil and Samir – Mahal has proven to be a dominant force in the WWE and his reign as WWE Champion has been nothing less than entertaining.
And that domination and the faith reposed by the company has seen Mahal’s tittle reign extend to over 140 days. To put that in to perspective, with this maiden title run in the WWE, Mahal’s title reign has surpassed the likes of Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns and now even industry veteran AJ Styles.
Bryan held the WWE Championship for nearly 65 days during his three title reigns while The Big Dog Roman Reigns had the title for just over 118 days during his three title reigns. Styles’s maiden title run saw him being the WWE Champion for 140 days.